What we do

The Cape Town Holocaust & Genocide Centre works towards creating a more caring and just society in which human rights and diversity are respected and valued.

Through our exhibitions, events and workshops we endeavour to commemorate the victims and survivors of the Nazi regime and the numerous genocides that happened before and since the Holocaust.
We do this to highlight the consequences of prejudice and racism in all of its forms, and to draw attention to the dangers of indifference, apathy and silence.

We believe that learning about the past supports the building of a human rights culture and reinforces empathy and compassion. Learning about the past, and the moral and ethical issues it raises, is instructive in dealing with contemporary human rights abuses, for example, homophobia, xenophobia, racism and bigotry. We hope that visiting the Cape Town Holocaust and Genocide Centre will afford visitors a deeper understanding of what it means to be human.

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Foundation

Our centre is part of the South African Holocaust & Genocide Foundation

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Team

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Advisory Board

The people supporting our work

Foundation

The Cape Town Holocaust & Genocide Centre is part of the South African Holocaust & Genocide Foundation (SAHGF), together with our fellow Holocaust and genocide centres in Johannesburg and Durban.

The Foundation was established in 2007 by the Board of Trustees of the Cape Town Holocaust Centre, when the study of the Holocaust was mandated by the Department of Basic Education as a required curriculum in all South African high schools. It supports Holocaust education through teacher training, development of classroom materials, and organised seminars. In 2011 the Archive of the Foundation was established to preserve the record of the Holocaust related documents and artifacts found in South Africa.

The Foundation provides guidance and direction to the three South African Holocaust Centres and document activities of the three centres.

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Team

Heather Blumenthal

Director

Before joining the Centre, Heather ran a Film and Television Production Company, where she was responsible for researching, producing and directing numerous Jewish magazine shows and documentaries for television for the past 18 years. She has also travelled extensively, capturing the stories and memories of Jewish communities around the world and, in particular, those stories related to the Holocaust.

Over the years she also worked closely with the Cape Town Holocaust and Genocide Centre on a number of projects.

 

Linda Hackner

Education Director

Linda Hackner is Education Director for the Centre. Her role involves co-ordinating of Student and Adult programmes. She is directly involved in planning and conducting programmes for schools, diversity workshops for corporate groups, programmes designed for the Police and Prison services and specialised programmes for a wide range of other interest groups.

She is responsible for the training of all the volunteer guides, conducting workshops for trainee teachers, and also travels throughout South Africa to conduct teacher training workshops on Holocaust history for in–service teachers around the country. A veteran of the teaching profession, she has taught in a variety of schools across three continents. Linda has been a member of the team at the Cape Town Holocaust & Genocide Centre since 2013.

Contact her for more information about educational programmes for all types of adult and student groups

Dmitri Abrahams 

Archivist 

Dmitri has worked at the CTHGC since 2015. He completed his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the University of the Western Cape. He is involved in all aspects of the SAHGF Archive.

Contact him for more information about the Archive.

Jurina Boyes

Assistant to the Director

Jurina is the personal assistant to the Director. She has a background in the financial services industry and this enables her to bring her all-round administrative, project and office management skills to the fore in her duties assisting the Director. Jurina joined the organisation 10 years ago and is still going strong.

Contact her to book appointment with the director and to book our space for your next workshop, conference or event.

Ursula Gaffley

Educator

Ursula joined the centre in 2015 as a volunteer guide and later became an educator in 2018 She 8 years teaching experience and 15 years experience in client services and sales. Her duties at the centre involves giving presentations to the grade 9 and 11 school groups.

Dianne Jocum

Office Administrator

Dianne joined the Holocaust Centre in September 2014 after having worked at Herzlia for 25 years.  She is responsible for the day to day office administration as well handling general and administrative queries.

Contact her for event booking and any other general enquiries.

Danielle Matchette

Education Department Administrator

Danielle first joined the SAHGF in 2007 to establish the administrative processes involved in conducting educator workshops throughout South Africa. She is responsible for all the logistics attached to conducting workshops as well as the editing and printing of the educator resource packs. She also assists with compiling reports for funders of the educator workshop programmes.

Danielle has a strong administrative background and prior to joining the SAHGF was the acting principal of a business and computer training academy. Her work at the CTHGC allows her to enjoy the rewards of knowing that the work of the CTHGC is penetrating some of the most under resourced communities in South Africa.

Contact her for all your educational programme booking requirements or if you are interested in volunteering at the Centre.

Justine Sibomana

Head of Marketing and Multimedia

Justine is the head of Marketing and Multimedia. Her role involves overseeing the media strategy and digital output for all CTHGC events and traveling exhibitions.

Contact her for partnership events and exhibitions with the CTHGC as well as for any social media and marketing queries.

David Simons

General Maintenance 

David is a crucial part of the team, assisting in the maintenance of the facillity and setting up of exhibitions and events. He joined CTHGC in 2014, after helping the Centre's activities for many years as a member of the Hatfield management staff.

Natasha Skoryk

Educator

Natasha is responsible for planning and hosting workshops across the Student and Adult programmes. She joined the Centre in 2019, having completed two postgraduate degrees at the University of Cape Town. She has taught in secondary school and in higher education settings, and brings this experience to her current post at the CTHGC.

Board of trustees



Gerald Diamond

Gerald has been involved with the accounting profession for more than 40 years and has predominantly concentrated on providing professional consulting services to entrepreneurs, their businesses and their family affairs.

In 1979, he became an International Partner of Arthur Andersen and in 1996 was appointed Country Managing Partner for South Africa. He thereafter retired from the firm and in 2002 established a boutique consulting practice, Diamond Consulting. In August 2003 he merged this practice with MGI Bass Gordon.

Over the years, he has held numerous honorary public, community and charitable positions.

Gerald holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Cape Town and is a Chartered Accountant SA as well as a CPA Israel.

Natalie Barnett

Natalie is passionate about education and community and has been involved with both Jewish and community organisations in a voluntary capacity for many years. She has headed educational projects and programmes promoting learning around School Readiness, HIV/AIDS, Social and Emotional Learning, and Art and Music in the Holocaust.

After completing her BSc at UCT, five years at Foschini provided a valuable introduction into the business world. Thereafter, facilitating art and ceramics classes for adults and children, she discovered her love of teaching and learning. This led her to Ikamva Labantu, where Natalie developed and ran the Ikamva School Readiness Programme for almost ten years. She also served as a Trustee at the organisation and is a long-term supporter. Wanting to become more involved in the Jewish community but still focusing on education and broader society, the Cape Town Holocaust and Genocide Centre presented the perfect opportunity to become a volunteer educator. Natalie coordinated both the 10 year anniversary dinner and the Brundibár Project for The Cape Town Holocaust and Genocide Centre and was then invited to join the Cape Town Board of Trustees.

Natalie also serves as a member of the Midrasha/Melton Adult Education Board, is a member of the Eliot Osrin Steering committee and is currently the chair of the United Herzlia Schools Governing Body. Most recently, she has been instrumental in introducing and overseeing the PJ Library® Project in Cape Town.

Beverley Cohen

Beverley Cohen was born in Cape Town and her background is in education. She studied at UNISA and UCT where she obtained her Bachelors Degree and Post Graduate qualifications. Her career included teaching at Dafna, Herzlia, the Hebrew Academy and serving as principal of Saplings Remedial School.

While her son was at Herzlia she was involved with the school PTA and several fundraising projects. She is on the committee of the Kensington Educare Centre where she initiated a successful protein project to provide a balanced diet for the young learners.

Beverley has been involved with the CTHGC as a volunteer in the education programme for over ten years.

Ann Harris

Ann was born and educated in the UK. She has an LL.B degree and was qualified as a barrister and a solicitor. She practiced as a solicitor and was a partner in her firm in the City of London for thirty years. In 1988, she came to South Africa with her late husband, the then newly appointed Chief Rabbi Cyril Harris. For ten years she was part of the team of lawyers which ran the Campus Law Clinic at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and acted as its Director for three years.

Ann is a Founder Director of Afrika Tikkun, the South African Jewish Community’s major upliftment programme for disadvantaged fellow-citizens, and the Chair of the Chief Rabbi CK Harris Memorial Foundation. In addition, she is the President of the African Jewish Congress, and a member of the National Executive Council of the SAJBD

Ernest Kajabo

Ernest has a B-Tech Degree in Town and Regional Planning and is a Professional Officer at the City of Cape Town in the Land Use Management Section. Ernest is a founding member of Umubano Foundation Rwanda, a non-profit organisation which integrates members of the Rwandan community and friends of Rwanda within the Western Cape Region.

Over the years he has assisted the CTHGC with various activities including arranging the annual commemoration of genocide against the Tsutsi in Rwanda.

Philip Krawitz

Philip is Executive Chairman of the Cape Union Mart Group of Companies which comprises some 300 stores in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana.  The manufacturing division of the Group, K-Way Manufacturers, produces hi-tech outdoor clothing and leisure wear. Philip was educated at Herzlia High School and the University of Cape Town, and has completed numerous courses at Harvard and Wharton.

He is a Past President of the South African Chamber of Business and the Cape Town Chamber of Commerce, and has served on numerous business, cultural and charitable Boards. Philip is Chairman of the United Herzlia Schools and United Jewish Campaign Boards of Trustees, and serves as a trustee of the CSO and the Eliot Osrin Leadership Institute.  Philip has received numerous awards including the Cape Times Businessman of the Year, the Lexus Lifetime Jewish Achiever Award and the Kaapstad Sakekamer/Die Burger Business Leader of the Year.  Philip is married to Michele and has three daughters and seven grandchildren.

Prof. Tim Murithi 

Tim is the Peacebuilding Interventions Programme Head at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, Cape Town. Tim is also Extraordinary Professor of African Studies at the University of the Free State and teaches at the University of Cape Town in the Department of Political Studies.

Previously he was the Claude Ake Visiting Professor, Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University and Nordic Africa Institute, Sweden; Head of Programme, Institute for Security Studies, Addis Ababa; Senior Research Fellow, Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford, UK; Senior Researcher, Centre for Conflict Resolution, University of Cape Town; and Programme Officer, United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), Geneva, Switzerland. He served as Adviser-Consultant to: African Union (AU), SADC, ECOWAS, UNDP, UK DFID and German GiZ. He is author and editor of 10 books and over 90 journal articles, book chapters and policy papers.

Myra Osrin

Myra was the National Director of the South African Tour of the Anne Frank in the World international exhibition from 1993-1995. Following on this tour, she founded the Cape Town Holocaust Centre which opened in 1999, and was its Director until 2007.

Myra has served on the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (Cape Council), founded the Cape Jewish Chronicle and was a Board member of Ikamva L’bantu .She is a past chairman of Bnoth Zion/Wizo (1980/1981 ) and the Western Province Zionist Council (1984-1988).

 

Prof. Milton Shain

Milton is Professor Emeritus of Historical Studies at the University of Cape Town and the former Director of the Isaac and Jessie Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies and Research. He has published widely in the fields of South African history and the history of antisemitism. His books include "The Roots of Antisemitism in South Africa" and "A Perfect Storm: Antisemitism in South Africa 1930-1948", which won the Recht Malan Prize for English and Afrikaans Non-Fiction for 2016.

Most recently he co-edited a seminal publication with Christopher Browning, Michael Marrus and Susannah Heschel, called Holocaust Scholarship: Personal Trajectories and Professional Interpretations. In 2014 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa.